The Women of Zionism

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The study of history almost always focuses on men. We all know that. That’s why this week we’re redressing the gender balance and unpacking ten awesome women of Zionism who have made – and who continue to make – an incredible impact on the State of Israel.

You’ve probably heard of some of these women, but others – and their achievements – have been relegated to the footnotes of history.

Which is crazy because starting from when the State of Israel was nothing more than a dream and a prayer, and Zionism was still just an idealistic phrase, women have played a tremendous part in shaping everything from language and medicine to literature and politics.

That’s why we’re super excited to make sure people know why Hemda Ben-Yehuda deserves just as much credit as her husband Eliezer for reviving the Hebrew language, why Rachel Yanait Ben-Zvi wasn’t just the wife of the second president of Israel, and how Ruth Calderon is affecting change in the very fabric of Israeli society.

Our list of these top 10 women is not exhaustive. In fact, it barely scratches the surface. That’s why we’d love to hear what you think. Which women do you think have played the biggest or most influential roles in Israeli life?

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